Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dubai to host project management forum

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai is set to hold the 4th edition of the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) in November.

The event will be held n collaboration with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa), Emaar Properties and the Project Management Institute (PMI) on November 20 and 21.

‘Making a Difference’ has been endorsed as a theme of this year’s event; which will be marked by honouring the winners of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management. Registration in the Forum will start on April 10 through the website

Mattar Al Tayer, director general, RTA, said: “Organizing the 4th edition of the DIPMF culminates the huge successes of the past three editions. Successes are reflected in the scale and level of delegates, international speakers hosted, and vital topics discussed.
“The Forum signals the keenness of Dubai to play a pivotal role in steering the innovation and development drive in the region, and identifying the accelerators of this drive on sound scientific bases at the highest standards & practices. This objective warrants attracting top experts & internationally renowned specialists; which would turn the event into an effective platform for the transfer of knowledge. It also conforms to Dubai efforts to act as a link in the transfer of expertise, concepts and visions amongst international gurus of various industries; which echoes the identity Dubai as an Arabian city with a global profile.
 “Over the past three years, the DIPMF has cemented its standing as a global platform for rolling out best practices and coming up with creative Project Management (PM) solutions, thanks to the participation of visionary, innovative and intellectual global experts who contributed to the successful delivery of mega projects. Attendees of the last three editions exceeded 4000 individuals from more than 50 countries. Topics discussed covered management of engineering & construction projects as well as the role of Project Management in technical, sports, energy, sustainability, future foresight and innovation fields among others,” said Al Tayer.

“Making a Difference has been endorsed as a theme for the fourth edition of the Forum. New & important PM topics have been developed such as: The future of PM, Expo 2020 projects, Emergency & Crisis Management, Masterclasses about several core project management competencies including: benefits management, establishing of PM Offices (PMOs), management of project portfolios & programs, and business analysis. The Forum will host six parallel sessions, four panel discussions, five masterclasses and four keynote speeches.

“The Forum will feature a key session about ‘PM for Youth’ based on the MoU signed with the Emirates Youth Council. Induction sessions will be held to spotlight the principles of PM, enablers of projects success, and the importance of applying PM practices in various fields. The Emirates Youth Council will organize and manage another youth seminar. Coordination is ongoing with international organizations to host a keynote speech about the management of Humanitarian projects in concurrence with the UAE’s drive endorsing 2017 as The Year of Giving. Such an event will help the exchange of information and expertise with a host of international organizations specialized in this field,” added Al Tayer.

Laila Faridoon, executive director of the Office of the director-general of the RTA and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the DIPMF, said: “The fourth edition of the Forum will be marked by recognizing the winners of the first cycle of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management with a total purse of about Dh2 million ($550,000). The award provides a platform to discover, encourage, and promote innovation in Project Management, and the adoption of best practice and excellence in the field.”

“The award targets the international community of project management professionals and specialists involved in the management of projects, programs, or portfolios where they can participate as individuals, teams, or organizations.

“The Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management acts as a motivator for pioneer leaders & teams and proponents of creative ideas from various organizations. It is also viewed as a reference platform for the best creativity practices in PM in a way that contributes to nurturing a creative system in projects. The Award is built on sound systems and methodology as well as innovative individuals. The selection of winners is based on two parameters: methodology of innovation adopted in the project, and the impact of this innovation on the deliverables of the project,” added Faridoon. – TradeArabia News Service

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